If you’re an off-road enthusiast, here is something that we wanted to put on your radar if you haven’t already heard about it. Omix-ADA, the world’s largest independent manufacturer and wholesaler of Jeep parts and accessories, just announced that it will continue its Rugged Ridge Trail Access Program for 2015.
Launched in 2013 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Rugged Ridge Trail Access Program makes grants of up to $5,000 available to non-profit organizations to help advance the off-roading hobby. Each of the grants are designated for use towards land-use education, stewardship, litigation, or any other activities advocating the conversation of public land and access to recreational trails.
The program was a huge success in 2014 so OMIX-ADA decided to extend it into 2015. Previous grant recipients include: Blue Ribbon Coalition, Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO), Colorado Association of 4WD Clubs, Friends of Uwharrie, New Mexico Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance, Off-Road Business Association, Stay the Trail, and Del Albright’s Volunteer Leader & Land Stewardship (VLLS) Course. Applications for grants up to $5,000 are now being accepted for 2015 on the Rugged Ridge website.
If you’re part of a local or regional off-road club, organization, or enthusiast group and are actively working towards keep our public lands open, we urge you to apply for a grant. When asked about the Rugged Ridge Trail Access Program, Henk Van Dongen, Director of Marking at Omix-ADA, stated, “Ultimately, our goal is to support the people and organizations working to protect access to public land and recreational trails across the country – improving education about the off-road hobby and matters of conservation – so our open spaces remain that way for generations of off-roaders to enjoy for years to come.”
For more information about the Rugged Ridge Trail Access Program, or to apply for your 2015 grant, please visit the Rugged Ridge website.